WordPress 1.5 appears to be running. We’ll probably have to make little tweaks in the next few days, but I don’t anticipate any major changes.
The biggest difference is that comments use “emergent whitelisting.” This means two things:
1. Once whitelisted, your comments shouldn’t be held up in moderation (yay!). However
2. Everyone’s first comment will be automatically moderated. This closes an important loophole, whereby a comment spammer or troll could simply hop on to a new IP address or proxy and continue harrassing us. However, it does mean that your first comment may take a short while to clear moderation.
UPDATE: As far as I can tell, it’s using our existing comment database as the whitelist. So no need for re-approval if you’ve already got at least one comment.
The new software is also supposed to have improved anti-spam components and a few other fun bells and whistles.
If anyone has any questions, please let us know.